As of May 15, 2023 Special Collections units at Yale University are open to Yale-affiliated faculty, students, and staff and to non-Yale researchers who comply with the Yale Covid Visitor’s Policy.

The Lewis Walpole Library does not require a reservation, but we appreciate being informed in advance of any planned research visit since space in the Reading Room is limited.  

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Information for Researchers:  

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The Lewis Walpole Library is a non-circulating, closed-stack library. All material in the library must be handled with great care. Reading privileges are granted to registered readers, subject to the following:

AEON: The library has recently implemented the use of Aeon, a workflow and materials control software designed for special collections libraries and archives, through which readers register, sign a use agreement, and request materials for use in the Reading Room. For more information please see the Guide to Using Special Collections at the Yale University Library.

All library users are required to register online to use the reading room and the collections. Register or access your Aeon account

Requests for Lewis Walpole Library collection material for use in the Reading Room should be made through Orbis, Quicksearch, or Archives at Yale. It is not possible to request collection material directly from the Digital Collection. For quesitions or requesting uncataloged collection items, reading room staff are happy to assist you. 

For more information about requesting material in Orbis, please see the Guide to Using Special Collections at the Yale University Library

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As part of the registration process readers must read and agree to the “Yale University Library User Agreement for Special Collections”. This agreement includes important information about the reproduction, publication, and security of collections as well as terms and conditions for in-person use of materials in a special collections reading room and a non-disclosure agreement. This agreement governs the use of the Lewis Walpole Library Reading Room and collection materials.